Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale

Banksy art of girl with heart balloon

After Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s in London, an alarm sounded and the artwork went through a shredder that was built into the frame. According to Banksy, “A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting in case it was ever put up for auction.”

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, head of contemporary European art at the auction house. Sothebys isn’t sure what to do about the sale, although some experts say the work might be worth even more in its shredded state. Read more about it at AP News.